Valley State Prison Youth Offender Program hosts obedience dog graduation

Valley State Prison Youth Offender Program hosts obedience dog graduation

The head facilitator penned a piece describing a recent dog program graduation. “On Oct. 3, Valley State prison (VSP) held it second Youth Offender Program (YOP) obedience dog graduation. It was a tremendous success. Our program is committed to assisting in the overall development and basic obedience training of rescued dogs that come into our care. We believe that rescue dogs deserve to be treated kindly and ultimately adopted by a family who can love them unconditionally. We had two of our beloved dogs graduate with flying colors, ‘Toby’ who is a Chihuahua/Dauchsund mix, and ‘Hank’ who is a cocker spaniel.”

Unlocking History: After 35 years, you can hear Preston School band

Unlocking History: After 35 years, you can hear Preston School band

Arts have long played a major role in rehabilitation efforts of California’s offenders and music is no exception. A vinyl recording titled “Sacramento, City of Camellias” is one such example. Published in 1983 by Danmar Co., the record features the Mother Lode Band of the now-shuttered Preston School of Industry in Ione.

Stockton DJJ youth harvest art awards from Lodi Grape Festival

Stockton DJJ youth harvest art awards from Lodi Grape Festival

In celebration of the grape harvest, each year the City of Lodi hosts the annual Lodi Grape Festival. This September, the city celebrated its 81st year with the theme “I heard it through the Grapevine.” One of the many competitive exhibits taking place during the festival is the grape mural competition. The requirements for submission are that the mural must be made out of anything that was once living, like grapes, nuts, corn, dried beans, peas, etc. Both Johanna Boss and N.A. Chaderjian High Schools of the Northern California Youth Correctional Center in CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) entered the competition, as they do each year.

Ventura youth facility is making state safer through excellence in academics, sportsmanship (Part 2)

Ventura youth facility is making state safer through excellence in academics, sportsmanship (Part 2)

This is the second installment of a two-part series highlighting recent Integrated Behavioral Treatment Model (IBTM) practices at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF). The overarching objective of rehabilitation is to make California safer. By providing the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and to reinforce better decision making with positive reinforcement during incarceration, the IBTM elevates the rehabilitation of youthful offenders to a higher level of receptivity resulting in intrinsic change.

Ventura youth facility is making California safer through correctional excellence (Part 1)

Ventura youth facility is making California safer through correctional excellence (Part 1)

This is the first installment of a two-part series highlighting recent Integrated Behavioral Treatment Model (IBTM) practices at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF). The overarching objective of rehabilitation is to make California safer. By providing the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and to reinforce better decision making with positive reinforcement during incarceration, the IBTM elevates the rehabilitation of youthful offenders to a higher level of receptivity resulting in intrinsic change.

Jubilant summer: Stockton youth earn recreational fun during the school break

Jubilant summer: Stockton youth earn recreational fun during the school break

Youth at NCYCC’s O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (OHC) and neighboring N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NAC) earned participation in a bevy of summer break activities in July by not exhibiting violent behavior. Staff organized recreational events each day of the month. NCYCC Superintendent Linda Bridges said youth showed trepidation in the first few days ― though that atmosphere quickly dissipated.